Bicarbonate test is done to measure the amount of bicarbonate (a form of carbon dioxide) present in the blood.
What is Bicarbonate?
Bicarbonate is a form of carbon dioxide (CO2) which is a byproduct of our body’s metabolism. It is an electrolyte that helps in maintaining the body’s acid-base (pH) balance.
Bicarbonate tests help in the diagnosis of an electrolyte imbalance or an acid-base imbalance (alkalosis or acidosis).
Bicarbonate test is not done by itself. It is usually a part of the larger electrolyte test.
Why is Bicarbonate suggested?
Your healthcare provider might suggest you Bicarbonate test if you have the following symptoms:
- Prolonged Vomiting and Diarrhea
- Difficulty in Breathing
How is Bicarbonate performed?
A blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm for examination of this test and a needle is used to draw the blood.
What are the parameters measured in Bicarbonate?
Bicarbonate is never tested by itself. It is measured along with sodium, potassium, and chloride in the body.
Preparation before performing Bicarbonate
There are no special preparations required for bicarbonate. You may follow your regular diet. You can wear a short-sleeved shirt to make it easier and convenient for the technician for drawing the blood. Inform your healthcare provider about the medications you are taking.
Post-care after Bicarbonate
You may follow your normal schedule after the test.
Sample types in Bicarbonate
A blood sample will be taken to check the presence of bicarbonate in the blood.
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Side effects/risks of Bicarbonate
A needle is used in the bicarbonate test and it carries risks such as:
- Slight pain